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February 6, 2013

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February 6, 2013 Domestic violence tips from Parker PD Just during the last seven weeks the Parker Police Department responded to 14 Domestic Violence calls. One incident involved a Machete and another involved a woman being punched in the face and choked by her boyfriend. These are a few of many cases of Domestic Violence within our community. Many cases involve physical injuries but more times than not the emotional injuries are just as intense. Unfortunately too many of these incidents have occurred in front of their children. Men and Women have both been victims of Domestic Violence but a vast majority of victims are Women. Our community is not immune to Domestic violence and the horrific effect it has on families. There are many false assumptions regarding Domestic Violence. Domestic violence is not about a perpetrator's anger issues but is about one person's ability to establish and maintain power control over another person. The abuser is extremely well versed in the ability to masquerade his violence from friends, coworkers and family. However, whenever alone with the victim the abuser becomes demanding, controlling, demeaning which usually over time turns violent. The abuser does a good job at keeping the victim isolated from anyone outside of their immediate family leaving the victim with no one to turn to for help for fear of embarrassment, ridicule or self blame. Many of these assaults are witnessed by relatives or friends but they chose not to report or take any action because they do not want to get involved. Domestic Violence usually does not start with a punch or a kick; it starts through the use of "Power and Control" methods. If you know someone who is in an abusive relationship sometimes just saying "I'm afraid for you, is there anything I can do to help," will go a long way toward providing an avenue of help for the victim. In our community we are fortunate to have the Colorado River Regional Crisis Shelter. They have trained staff who will answer questions; provide counseling and provide emergency shelter if necessary. Phone calls are strictly confidential. When you call for assistance, advice or information your identity will be protected. If someone needs help or just wants some questions answered, please call their hotline number at 1-888-499-0911, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The primary purpose of this article is to elevate awareness, inform and educate our community to these types of crimes and how to protect you, a friend or family member. For further information please contact the Parker Police Department at (918) 669-2264. Police Chief Rod Mendoza Page 39 After a week like yours, you need a church like ours! Changing Hearts.... Changing Lives... Through Worshiping God and Serving Others Join us for Delicious Home-style Breakfasts TUESDAY & THURSDAY Mornings 8:30am-10:30am Still only $3 donation Now in Quartzsite! EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Community United Methodist Church • Sunday: Christian Education 9am Worship 10:30am Evening Worship 6pm For free ride to Church Worship Sunday 8:30am • Wednesday: Bible Study 6pm Church Fire Station call (928) 927-5808 Quartzsite Elementary School (QES) GYMNASIUM 930 W. Quail Trail, Quartzsite QES Main Street I-10 Moon Mt. Quail Trail KOFA "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." -John 3:16 x Hwy. 95 Pastor Marico Wilson 760- 922-4992 N Tyson 665 W. Tyson, Quartzsite, Arizona • 928-927-5808

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